No dearth of adventure sports in India
The country I belong to, India is so much more than just its cultural diversity. It is about the beautiful picturesque locations in any direction you choose to visit, the high peaks and the dense forests, its intense spices and several kinds of teas, India is a land of surprises one will never be tired of exploring. When it comes to adventure sports in India, you will find everything ranging from underwater sea walk to white water rafting and what not. It is an experience only those can explain who really had the opportunity to live it. The most that I have been able to do is some trekking in the foothills of Himachal Pradesh and Rock Climbing, in Maharashtra. With just that brief experience of adventure sports in India, I can say I am always willing to try something new the first opportunity I get and I will give you enough reasons why you should too.
Auli, Uttarakhand: Skiing
Trust me, Switzerland is not the only play you can Ski the world. Skiing in India is a blessing because we live on the Himalayan foothills. Auli in Uttarakhand is the Switzerland of India and definitely one place you need to go skiing. With the breath-taking views of the Garhwal Himalayas, Auli’s peak skiing season is between Han-March every year. The ski slopes at Auli start at a height of 3,000m and stretch for 3km, with a drop-in elevation of 500m. Ideally, if you want enough snow cover, try and go between January and February end. It is an 8-hour drive from Dehradun, so arrange your stay much in advance to avoid any hassles.
Andaman and Nicobar Islands: Scuba diving
Yeah, I watched the movie Zindagi Na Milegi Dobaara and ever since I am trying to find an opportunity to go Scuba Diving. One of the magical Adventure sports in India which makes you want to keep doing it again and again. Andaman and Nicobar Islands has many Scuba Diving locations to die for. Several untouched islands here are great for exploring the underwater world.
Rishikesh, Uttarakhand: Bungee Jumping
If all your life you have been thinking that Rishikesh is only a pilgrim’s paradise you’re wrong. One of the most talked about adventure sports in India, the best bungee jumping in the country can be found in Rishikesh. Conducted by highly trained experts, this quaint town boasts to have the highest bungee jumping in India and those who have experienced it know exactly what I am talking about. You can directly go to Jumping Heights in Mohan Chatti and you can sign yourself up for this adventure. Try and understand what are the safety and health measures required for bungee jumping beforehand.
Dodital, Uttarakhand: Trekking
There are lots and lots of famous places in India known for Trekking. One of those is Dodital, slightly special and also high up in the mountains, 9000 ft. approximately. To all the mountain diggers, this will definitely attract you guys to be there. And once you are actually there, the view is majestic. Dodital is actually a lake which is a beautiful campsite with Himalayan pine and oak tree. You will not get tired of staring at the pristine nature.
Kamshet, Maharashtra: Paragliding
Kamshet is definitely one of the best paragliding locations in the western region of India. About 100 km from Mumbai and 50 km from Pune, you can visit this beautiful location overseeing the Sahyadri range during almost all times of the year except peak summers and monsoon. The cost of paragliding here might range from Rs. 1500-2500.
Indus River, Ladakh: River Rafting
A lot of us have heard of river rafting in Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, but the fact is there are several other river rafting options in India like the Indus River, Ladakh. Indus river is one of the longest rivers in the country with a level basic river rafting experience. The distance covered is approximately 25 km. So, if you haven’t yet seen Ladakh and planning to do so, do not miss the river rafting adventure there.
Goa: Underwater Sea walk and Jet Skiing
When it comes to adventure sports in India, Goa has so much to offer especially with its Underwater Sea walk and Jet Skiing activities. You don’t have to swim, snorkel or even have any scuba diving skills. All you need to do is wear the helmet and explore the beautiful underwater world of fishes and beautiful corals. However, don’t forget to bring your underwater camera along, because it truly is breathtaking. Jet skiing on the other hand is something you will find pretty much on all the beaches. Just make sure you negotiate on the prices.
Meghalaya: Cave Exploration
Uneven terrain, small dark holes to enter, bats, spiders and wading through water, if that’s your kind of thing, then you have no idea what Meghalaya has for you! Approximately stretching over to 300 km, there are many caving explorations you can find in Meghalaya. With expert guides, begin your own caving adventure into the wild caves such as in the East Khasi Hills, South Garo Hills and Jaintia Hills.
Mysore, Karnataka: Sky diving
One of those adventure sports in India or anywhere that gives you a massive adrenaline rush is Sky diving and that can happen in Mysore. This city amongst all its other amazing offerings has Sky diving to offer. Soar to a height of 10000 ft. and when you are free-falling the gravity drives your insane. Sky diving is comparatively an expensive sport and can be done alone or in a group.
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Pushkar, Rajasthan: Hot air balloons
Pushkar is a little town in Rajasthan and sees a lot of foot-fall around the year for various reasons. Thankfully, you don’t really have to go to Turkey to experience a Hot air balloon because Pushkar has that covered for you. Can adventure sports in India be romantic? Because this one definitely is! Hot air ballooning happens during the Pushkar Festival in the month of November every year. So, get onto some googling and keep your calendars free.
Subansari River, Arunachal Pradesh: Kayaking
Travelling through a canopied waterway is an inexplicable experience. Kayaking is for those water lovers who both would like to master it as well as try it once. This is one of those adventure sports in India which have grades and levels. Kayaking at Subansari River in Arunachal Pradesh is exciting since it is a 10 days expedition. The expedition ends at Boghiwheel, from where you are taken to Dibrugarh by ferry and then to Delhi by flight.
Frankly, adventure sports in India are in abundance and there’s everything for everyone. If you fear anything in particular, I have personally felt trying these sports can really liberate you. So, don’t wait up so long, pick whatever you like and dive in!
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